Have you ever woken with your heart racing? You start your day dreading what’s to come? When you get to work you are afraid to check your emails because you just know your boss is not happy with your performance? You don’t want to go home because your spouse has to be upset about something you did? The racing thoughts that enter our mind throughout the day can create a sense of fear and panic that cause the day to be less enjoyable. Anxiety is no fun and can really have a negative impact on one’s life.
Anxiety is an epidemic of epic proportions that not enough people are talking about. It is real issue and is impacting millions of lives. Anxiety influences how we experience the world and how we perceive ourselves. It has one worrying about the ‘what ifs’ to the point that it affects one’s relationships, career, and other aspects of life.
There are so many factors that can contribute to anxiety including stress revolving around finances, relationships, career, and health. Stress creates anxiety and anxiety creates stress. Maybe it’s the other way around, the chicken or the egg. No matter it is a cycle one does not want to get caught in.
The threat bucket is a powerful education tool for our clients here at Body Evolution. This idea or analogy of the threat bucket was gifted to us from Dr. Eric Cobb of Z-Health. It gives us the ability to help you understand variables that affect health, performance and pain. We know that the human body is complex and understanding things like pain are quite complicated. We can use this ‘threat bucket’ to help you understand this complexity in a simple way.
To help you understand the complexity of how different variables can have an affect on your well-being we will first start with the bucket. Let’s begin by drawing a bucket on paper or envision a bucket in your mind. The bucket represents the area (s) of your brain that receive information or inputs. This bucket has a spout near the top where information or outputs flow from the brain to the body.
Stress is quite a buzzword these days. And for many it is a ‘bad’ word…a four-letter word stretched out into five. But did you know that stress can be broken down into distress and eustress? Simply stated distress is ‘bad’ stress and eustress is ‘good’ stress. Distress results in anxiety and sorrow while eustress is moderate or normal stress that the experiencer finds beneficial. That’s right…stress can be beneficial. Some examples of eustress are getting married, being promoted at work, taking a vacation, or even learning a new hobby.
While certain types of stressors can be beneficial there are many stressors that are not. Examples of those that cause anxiety, pain and sorrow are losing a loved one, getting divorced, legal problems, financial issues, and getting an illness/injury just to name a few. One common factor with all these issues is the feeling of lack of control. While having control over events that happen in our lives is nearly impossible, we can control our response to these events. It is in how we perceive the events that result in how much stress we experience.
We are living in a stress-filled world and it is important to have ways to manage our stress levels. In future blogs we will discuss more about the body’s stress response and how it impacts our health, but for now let’s leave you with some simple tips on how to begin reducing your stress.
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